By Liz Merrell
Aug 22, 2013

Authentic Adventures: Scouts Can Relive American History

History comes alive at Camp Floyd State Park just 22 miles southwest of Lehi Utah. Camp Floyd provides Boy Scouts with an authentic army adventure. Scouts can see how soldiers lived, slept, and ate during the Civil War era while earning their American Heritage merit badge.

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Scouts experience a two-day authentic army adventure reenactment. Scouts are processed as new recruits, mustered into the army, and issued uniforms. As new enlisted privates, Scouts will shoulder their muskets, and march off to camp. They face the call of bugles, officers’ commands, and a soldier’s daily routine.

The camp experience is based on the history of Johnston’s Army at Camp Floyd, Utah Territory, and is designed to complete the requirements for the American Heritage Merit Badge and the National Historic Trails Award. Each camp is limited to 30 Scouts and leaders. Overnight camp fees are $20 per boy / adult, which includes all camp materials and breakfast. This two-day program includes sleeping accommodations in period military tents. Scouts will need to provide their own sleeping gear.

Camp Floyd 2

Camp Floyd was an active military camp from 1858 to 1861. At least 59 Civil War generals, 30 for the Union and 29 for the Confederacy, were junior officers at Camp Floyd. In 1858, Camp Floyd housed the largest concentration of U.S. troops in the United States. The troops were sent to Utah to suppress a rumored Mormon rebellion, which never took place. The army was recalled back east in 1861 for the Civil War emergency. Generals who rose from Camp Floyd’s ranks fought in virtually every major battle of the war, from Fort Sumter to Appomattox, including 20 who faced each other at Gettysburg alone.

Camp Floyd 3

Limited space is still available for this exciting Boy Scout adventure which runs September 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28. Date in October 4-5, 11-12.  Register online at http://stateparks.utah.gov/calendar/2013/cfsp.

Camp Floyd Facts:

  • Named for John B. Floyd (secretary of war, 1858).
  • Camp Floyd garrisoned 3,500 troops (nearly a third of the U.S. Army at the time).
  •  $200,000 was spent building the post.
  • Camp followers into nearby Fairfield increased the population to 7,000 (the 3rd largest city in the Utah Territory).
  • At its height, Fairfield had 17 saloons.
  • The camp was abandoned in 1861 as a result of the Civil War.
  • $4 million worth of Army surplus was then sold to local residents for cents on the dollar.

From I-15; take Lehi exit #279, which is Lehi’s Main Street. Continue west along this street, which eventually turns into Hwy 73. Follow this highway to the town of Fairfield, approximately 22 miles southwest of Lehi. Once in Fairfield, follow the signs to the park.

Contact: Camp Floyd / Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum, 18035 West 1540 North, Fairfield, UT 84013

(801) 768-8932 http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/camp-floyd-state-park-museum/events/johnstons-army-adventure-camp-7

Author: Liz Merrell | Development Director, Utah National Parks Council

 

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One thought on “Authentic Adventures: Scouts Can Relive American History

  1. AvatarLarry Bilyeu

    Wonderful to see young people interested in history and having fun. Great Adult leaders helping. Nice to see such dedication in Adults in the Community. We will be up there in our Civil War Camp over Labor Day Weekend.

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